February 15th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics, and Chinese vice president Xi Jinping's visit to Iowa. In the second hour, the challenges of counseling across cultures, and the growing conflict over Iran's nuclear program.
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February 15th: What's On Today's Show

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping reviews the troops during a full honors ceremony in his honor, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Pentagon. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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The Political Junkie
New polls show Rick Santorum effectively tied with Mitt Romney as the front-runner in the GOP presidential primary. His bounce comes after he swept three states last week and before two vital primaries in Michigan and Arizona February 28th. Host Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin speak with Washington Post national political correspondent Dan Balz about the campaigns, Mitt Romney's win at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and what happens if Romney loses Michigan. Ken and Neal will also recap the week in politics, from President Barack Obama releasing his 2013 budget to the National Review urging Newt Gingrich to end his campaign.

What's Your Town's Claim To A Foreign Leader?
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in the U.S. this week, and plans to stop in a small town in eastern Iowa called Muscatine. The heir apparent to the Chinese presidency stayed with a family there 27 years ago, to learn about agriculture. Des Moines Register reporter Kyle Munson joins host Neal Conan for a conversation about the unexpected relationships American towns have with foreign leaders.

Multicultural Therapy
The immigrant population reached 40 million in 2010. When immigrants get depressed, therapy is often not the first place they turn. But when they do seek counseling, they often encounter a cross-cultural struggle to understand and be understood by American practitioners. Host Neal Conan talks to Stacey Lambert of the Latino Mental Health Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Karen Hanscom of the Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma about counseling immigrants.

Israel accused Iran of bombing attempts directed at Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and Tbilisi on Monday, further escalating tensions between the two countries. And the Israeli ambassador also believes the Iranians were behind the blasts in Bangkok Tuesday. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Jackson Diehl argues, "that Iran would risk a strike in such a sensitive place [as New Delhi] suggests that its leaders are panicked." Neal Conan talks with Diehl about the growing conflict over Iran's nuclear program.